As most of you know, my girlfriend Lauren moved here in May and, waiting for her residence permit to drop on the mat, it's safe to say she's enjoying herself exploring this city of ours.
Part of that revolves around shopping, of course. And not too long ago Lauren concluded she'd been a fool resorting to regular stores, when there are so many markets around. Value for money, fresh produce & fun!
So one Saturday we included the Albert Cuyp market in De Pijp on our route. A place so popular with Amsterdammers that the city deemed it necessary to employ a steward to regulate on-street bicycle parking. That aside, here are some samples of my market shopping impressions a la Hollandaise:
First off: you're very likely to bump into a former photography subject, yet againLet's meet & don't forget your hatIt's very likely you'll meet friends on your way to the marketSit back and relax while mom does all the shopping & smileWhere, oh where did I put that [...]Fresh & chatK9 patience & "Whaddayamean, you can't haul stuff on a bike?"Dad & son/daughter, a popular combinationTogether & treat yourself
Walking into one last shop along the market, the owner noticed my camera, figured at first I was a tourist, but after correcting that he let me in on a 'public secret' of the Albert Cuyp market. He stepped outside and pointed at the rooftops: "Look at them [seagulls & herons], there, there, there and there, everywhere, like clockwork they've all lined up, taken position. At any moment now, they'll all come flying down to pick up what's left of that fish vender's stock. Not many people notice or know of it. I've been doing business here for over 20 years, but it never fails to amuse me. You should really wait for them to attack and take some nice pictures."
I did wait for a bit, but the waiting game took too long, even for me, while Lauren was keen on riding off with the new bike basket 'Albert Cuyp' provided for her. Life's little priorities, right?
Oh, and you've noticed, Lauren is indeed my Cycle Chic muse :).
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